People of Faith: Jan. 1, 2016

Aubrietta Jones

Aubrietta Jones

Jones nominated as new secretary of Annual Conference

Bishop Gary E. Mueller has appointed the Rev. Aubrietta Jones to serve as secretary of the Annual Conference until the Conference convenes in June and the body can formally elect her.

Jones, ordained an elder in 2003, currently serves as pastor of Lonoke United Methodist Church. Her previous appointments include co-pastoring with her husband for a new church start, Christ UMC Cabot (now The Journey UMC), and associate pastor roles at Pulaski Heights UMC Little Rock and First UMC Conway. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Drury University in Springfield, Mo., and a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

Jones and her husband, the Rev. Jeff Warrick, have two daughters, Sabrina and Daphne.

Though not yet formally approved as secretary by a vote of the Annual Conference, Jones will begin working with the Conference Session Planning Team to prepare for the 2016 gathering, June 19-22 in Hot Springs.

Kim Carter

Kim Carter

Tanako director joins national camping ministries board

Kim Carter, executive director of Camp Tanako, has been elected as the newest South Central Jurisdiction representative to the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministry Association (UMCRM) Board of Directors. Carter will serve a four-year term, with a possibility of re-election for a total of eight years of service. She will join the board for its annual in-person meeting, Jan. 19-22 at the Aldersgate Retreat Center in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Formerly the National Camp and Retreat Committee (NCRC), the UMCRM Association was formed in 2013 with the vote of confidence and pioneering spirit of its charter members. The UMCRM is a membership organization open to all who share its mission of resourcing, advocating, inspiring and networking to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of camp and retreat ministries.

The UMCRM Association seeks to provide support and benefits in addition to the excellent resources currently provided by United Methodist Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) through its resource person, Kevin Witt.

Steel-Hendrix Awards honor Holifield, Falkowski, Fallon

Hendrix College has announced the winners of the 2016 Steel-Hendrix Awards: Dr. Brooks Holifield, Anthony Falkowski and Lori Fallon. All three leaders will be honored at the Steel-Hendrix Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 10, 2016. The banquet and the lecture that follows are sponsored by the Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy.

Brooks Holifield

Brooks Holifield

Holifield, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Church History at Emory University, will receive the Mary and Ida Brumley Award for Religious Education, which honors those who have provided distinguished service in the field of religious education. The award celebrates the legacy of Mary and Ida Brumley, long-time Christian education leaders in the North Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

He graduated from Hendrix College in 1963, then Yale Divinity School and the Yale Graduate School. He has written seven books on American religious history, including Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War (2003), which won the Outler Prize from the American Society of Church History. He also has written more than 175 articles, encyclopedia entries and book reviews, and received numerous research fellowships.

In 2011, Holifield was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He retired from Emory after 41 years of teaching in the Candler School of Theology, the Graduate Division of Religion and the graduate program in history.

Anthony Falkowski

Anthony Falkowski

Falkowski, director of missions and outreach for First UMC Little Rock, will receive the Ethel K. Millar Award for Religion and Social Awareness, which recognizes persons whose lives have been distinguished by a passion for social justice and a commitment to the general welfare of all people. The award is given in memory of Ethel K. Millar, a long-time Hendrix College librarian whose passion for peace, commitment to a variety of social organizations, and work as a role model inspired Hendrix students to devote their lives to the pursuit of the highest ideals of peace and justice.

A Delaware native, Falkowski moved to Arkansas 10 years ago. A graduate of the University of Delaware, he holds a B.A.A.S. degree with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. He led men’s discussion groups for 18 years, worked with at-risk-youth and participated in a University of Delaware micro business program in Panama. He became the Mid-Atlantic coordinator for The Earthstewards Network, working in the Middle East, Central America and the former Soviet Union.

Falkowski has co-chaired the Central Arkansas Homeless Coalition and reignited the ecumenical Urban Ministers Alliance in downtown Little Rock. First UMC Little Rock and its SERVE ministry have received numerous mission and outreach awards during his tenure.

Lori Fallon

Lori Fallon

Fallon will receive the Youth Minister of the Year Award. A life-long United Methodist, she grew up in a small, rural town in Louisiana. She graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana Tech University, and from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a B.S. in Nuclear Medicine Technology. After running the nuclear medicine technology department at Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, Fallon was recruited to work at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La., as a nuclear medicine technologist. She then opened a new nuclear medicine technology department in the Monroe Surgical Hospital.

Fallon moved to Monticello in 1997. Six years later, she completed a Disciple I course and was asked to help with the youth program at the First United Methodist Church Monticello. In January 2005, Fallon became the church’s full-time youth minister. She has now 12 groups of high school seniors during her time in youth ministry.

In addition to her work with Monticello youth, Fallon has served as a small group leader at a number of Conference and district events. She is currently co-coordinator of the Southeast District youth team, a member of the Arkansas Conference Youth Ministers Task Force, and has recently been chosen to be a small church cohort mentor for Dover United Methodist Church.

Following the awards banquet Dr. Carol Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament and past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, will give a lecture that is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the banquet; see the advertisement on page 7 of this issue for details.

Thomas Frase

Thomas Frase

Frase tells tale from church on radio show

The Rev. Thomas Frase, senior pastor of First UMC Mountain Home, appeared recently on the radio show Tales from the South to share a story from his early days in ministry. In the story, titled “Come to Life,” Frase recounts a humorous event that took place in the small southern Arkansas congregation he served as part of his first appointment out of seminary.

The episode, Part I of “What Happens in Church…” was recorded Oct. 30 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Little Rock, and aired on KUAR (Little Rock area) Nov. 19 and on KUAF (Fayetteville area) Nov. 21. It is currently available in podcast form at www.TalesfromtheSouth.com.